There is an intimate relationship between technique and creativity. Even if single column ties and frictions are enough to create an infinite amount of tie variations, it is great to have a few more knots in your toolbox. Hitches are a family of knots used to bind a rope to an object, including another rope and are quite handy to design new ties.

The goal of this week is to get a deeper understanding of a few hitches, and to use them to explore your own creativity. We will look into even more hitches in Week 31.

Day 8: Half Hitch – Practice half hitches by making structures inspired by dreamcatchers.
Day 9: Clove Hitch – Learn different methods to tie a clove hitch and use them to make a gag or a tie that wraps the body.
Day 10: Crossing Hitch – aka Munter hitch – Study the structure of the crossing hitch and practice the technique with an improvised net by making a crossing hitch every time two lines crosses.
Day 11: Reverse Crossing Hitch – aka reverse Munter hitch – Learn to tie a crossing hitch in the opposite direction and practice it with a rope cage that will use different types of hitches to create symmetry.
Day 12: Inline Cuff – aka hojo cuff – Learn how to create cuff with the middle of the rope and create beautiful patterns using them.
Day 13: Cow Hitch – Learn the cow hitch and the cow hitch cuff then practice them with the crotch rope and a hip harnesses.
Day 14: Quick Release – aka Yuki knot – Learn a quick release knot and a quick release cuff and use them to make an adjustable shrimp tie, aka ebi shibari.

Or skip directly to The Chest for more techniques.

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